UTEP and HCA Healthcare, including its El Paso-affiliate Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, announce partnership for nursing and healthcare administration programs
Originally published July 21, 2022
By MC Staff
UTEP Marketing and Communications
Four-year, $750,000 partnership will support more than 30 nursing fellows and more than 50 healthcare administration opportunities
EL PASO, TEXAS— The University of Texas at El Paso and HCA Healthcare—including its El Paso-affiliate Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare—announced today a four-year partnership to establish graduate nursing fellowships and create a graduate degree to advance healthcare administration. The $750,000 commitment from HCA Healthcare is part of the organization’s $10-million commitment to historically Black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions across the country, which was announced in 2021.
“We’re proud to partner with UTEP to create opportunities for people to pursue rewarding careers in healthcare and further their education right here in El Paso,” said Art Garza, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center.
“Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and HCA Healthcare recognize the need to further develop the pipeline of talent in this growing healthcare market and across our state and nation,” said Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center. “This commitment to UTEP will help achieve that goal.”
The investment will create multiple advanced-degree opportunities for UTEP students interested in healthcare careers—HCA Healthcare Nursing Fellows and two healthcare administration programs. The graduate nursing fellowships will consist of four cohorts, made up of eight students each. The graduate program to advance healthcare administration outlines a master’s program based on certificates that will allow students to follow a path that suits them (e.g., data science, healthcare, business administration, leadership and more). Students will receive a scholarship to participate in the nursing fellows or healthcare administration program in years two through four, with a total of 60 students having received aid by the end of the initiative.
As part of this partnership, UTEP students will have access to scholarships for graduate studies in nursing administration and management, as well as certificates and other credentials. They will also have opportunities for internships at facilities across HCA Healthcare’s Central and West Texas division at hospitals in El Paso and Austin, as well as the HCA Healthcare corporate office in Nashville, Tennessee. Students will also have year-round leadership development opportunities through these internships. HCA Healthcare will provide an executive advisor for healthcare management at UTEP and targeted recruiting events.
“Health and human services is the fastest-growing employment sector in Texas. This partnership with Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare and HCA Healthcare will help develop future leaders in healthcare to serve the community,” said UTEP President Heather Wilson. “I am thankful to HCA Healthcare for partnering with us to create more opportunities for our students.”
Individuals interested in the HCA Healthcare Nursing Fellows program, must first apply and be admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Administration and Management (NAM) program in the UTEP School of Nursing. For more information about the HCA Healthcare Nursing Fellows or the NAM program, contact Dr. Karen Fowler, associate professor and NAM director at 915-747-7206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Texas at El Paso
The University of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, 84% of our more than 24,000 students are Hispanic, and half are the first in their families to go to college. UTEP offers 168 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs at the only open-access, top-tier research university in America.
Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services comprising 182 hospitals and approximately 2,300 ambulatory sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44%. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Please click here to connect with HCA Healthcare on social media.
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare
Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare is one of the leading healthcare providers for El Paso and the surrounding region, with physicians, nurses and staff who are committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. The system’s full-service hospitals offer comprehensive medical services in nearly every specialty and include accredited Chest Pain Emergency Centers and award-winning maternity services. As part of HCA Healthcare, Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare brings unsurpassed healthcare resources to El Paso residents in fields such as gynecological surgery, cardiology, neuroscience and bariatric surgery. Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare has received the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission for joint replacement and stroke and is a Commission on Cancer-accredited program. For more information, please visit LasPalmasDelSolHealthcare.com.